This section aims to provide parents with information and tips to help their children make career and learning choices
[Some of the information found on these pages was compiled by Marija Galea, Alison Tanti, Maria Mamo and Danica Psaila students reading for a post graduate diploma in Lifelong Learning Career Guidance and Development (group 2009/2010)]
There are a number of things you can do to help your child:
- Find out what your child really wants and help him/her recognise their strengths and weaknesses. Click here to find out more
If your child is undecided whether to pursue further education or seek employment, you can suggest that he/she speaks to a career guidance practitioner. Click on Career guidance contacts or make an online appointment with our career guidance practitioner.
If he/she decides to continue pursuing education, you can check out the most common alternatives available. Click on Continuing full time academic education.
Encourage him/her to attend career fairs or other events pertinent to career goals. (Example ETC Youth Days)
Talk to your child about how you apply your education to your daily work. Click on Key Skills
Encourage your children to get involved in an organisation of their own interest to develop leadership skills and teamwork skills. Express confidence in your children that they are able to balance social life and academics (even if you have doubts about this, it is still healthy to encourage them to find this balance.) Joining an organisation helps create an appreciation for diversity by meeting people from various backgrounds. Click on Getting Involved
Work experience is the one thing that most teenagers lack. Encourage your teenager to find a summer job. Click on Getting a summer job.
Suggesting that your child should volunteer for a charity or community organisation will help him/her develop interpersonal and organisational skills. Click on Volunteering Benefits
Once your child decides to start job searching, you can share some of your early job search stories with him/her. Offer help and encouragement, however your child should be the one to take the initiative and lead his/her own job search. Nagging children about what they’ve achieved so far in their job search early in the morning regularly will be counterproductive. It would be a better idea to discuss job search once a week in the evenings, perhaps while sitting down to eat.
Coach them to make use of their networking contacts and encourage friends and relatives to talk to your child about skills and values needed in their own workplace. You can consider role-playing of a mock interview to help them prepare for a job interview.
Be prepared to support and reassure your child during the job-seeking process, because self-esteem and confidence may decline due to disappointments which are bound to happen along the way.
There is a line where parent involvement stops and the young person should take own initiative.
- Do not call an employer to enquire about a job for your child, this will have a negative impact on whether to hire the candidate, since they presume that the person has no initiative and no potential leadership capabilities. Do not accompany them to interviews or to job fairs, this will also give the wrong impression.